US- 1993 Elvis Presley USPS First Day Ceremony Program - Complete Collection
USPS Special First Day Ceremony Collection for the 1993 Legends of American Music issue. The Collection includes:
Elvis Presley commemorative 16 page booklet
Limited Edition Stamp design art print
Sheet of 40 USPS stamps in protective sleeve
“First day of issue” ceremony program
Original collection retail = $44.00.
Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was a true American rags-to-riches story. Born in poverty in Mississippi, Elvis cut a demo record at age 18 in 1953, and Sam Phillips, president of Sun Records in Nashville, signed him to a contract. Elvis' first single was "Blue Moon of Kentucky" in 1954, and within two years Elvis was hailed as the "King of Rock and Roll." Hits such as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," and others too numerous to list followed, even as Elvis served two years of military duty beginning in 1958. Wikipedia says that he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.
While racking up an unprecedented streak of Number One singles and albums, he found time to make 31 movies and by 1965 he was Hollywood's highest-paid actor; later in the decade he conquered Las Vegas. Elvis sang to sold-out houses until his sudden death in 1977 at age 42.
This is the program for the ceremony that was held for the issuance of the Elvis stamp that was issued on January 8, 1993, the King's 58th birthday. It comes in a special sleeve in the shape and size of a 45 RPM record and was issued by the USPS, and what's more, it has never been opened! It is still in its original packaging! Inside you can see the FDC cancellation of the stamp itself.